Top Walking Trails in Wake Forest!

It’s that time of year to enjoy the many great walking trails in Wake Forest. Get out of the house and stretch your legs!! What better way to do some exploring than on some of the walking trails that Wake Forest has to offer! A full comprehensive list of trails can be located on the Town of Wake Forest website at:

Here are a few of our favorite walking trails in Wake Forest, North Carolina!


Carroll Joyner Park

Location: 701 Harris Road

Trail Type: Paved

Length: 3 miles of paved trails for walking, bicycling, and in-line skating

Parking: Parking and restrooms are available at this park during normal park hours.


    • Three Miles of Paved Walking Trails
    • The Pecan Grove – My kids person favorite! No better fun than an afternoon picking up pecans. Did you know they make a tool just for this? I had no idea until just recently and boy-oh-boy did this tool save my back! The pecan grove is such a picturesque part of the park. Many times you’ll family in their best outfits cuddled up together with photogenic smiles getting their pictures taken by local photographers who set up shop in Joyner Park on weekend afternoon. History tells, this grove was originally planted during the Great Depression. New trees have been planted to restore the grove.
    • 1,000-Lawn-Seat Amphitheater – This amphitheater is well known to many in the community and is perfect backdrop to the Six Sundays in Spring concert series. It’s also a popular place for event rentals.
    • Beautifully Restored Farm Buildings – You’ll be blown away by the MANY farm structures on the landscaped lawn that is Joyner Park. The history that hosts these buildings is tremendous and if those walls could talk – oh the stories they could tell. These buildings include a mule barn, chicken coop, tobacco barn — all completely restored. A log cabin has also been added to give people of the community and visitors that come from far and wide a true feel of history.
    • Walker Garden – Before the farm was sold to Mr. Joyner in 1982, Willie Lee and Mamie Tee Walker owned the farm, and to be sure that they were remembered, the Walker Garden was named in their honor. Full of perfectly placed perennials, a beautiful stone wall, this is a great place to reminisce, getting lost in your favorite book, set your goals for the future, or sip on a morning cup of coffee as you listen to the birds chirp off in the distance.
    • Performance Garden – Another great area at Joyner Park for event rentals is the Performance Garden. Able to fit 150 people comfortably, this area is great for all types of events.
    • Approximately 2,000 Linear Foot Stone Ribbon Wall
    • Multiple Free-Standing Charcoal Grills (great for a Summer afternoon of FUN!)
    • Fishing (make sure you have your fishing license up to date!!)

Joyner Park is sprawling 117 acres located in beautiful Wake Forest, North Carolina, conveniently located only one mile from Capital Boulevard making it easy to access from Raleigh, Youngsville, Franklinton and other areas. Joyner Park is currently Wake Forest’s newest and largest park.

Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trails

Location: surrounding the Wake Forest Reservoir

Trail Type: soft trail, natural surface

Length: 1.6 miles one way (Boat Ramp to Oak Grove Church Road), 3.2 miles total

Time to Complete: 2 hours to 3.5 hours

Parking: A small gravel lot is located at the southern end of the reservoir. The driveway to the lake is located off of Traditions Grande Boulevard near Wait Avenue


    • Fishing – Be sure to grab your kids or grandkids and head down to the shore to do a little early morning or evening fishing! Just make sure everyone has a fishing license that is up to date!
    • Boating Access – Grab your kayak, canoe or small electric powered boat and head out for a day of relaxing on the water. Be certain to check with staff to make sure no permits are required.


The Wake Forest Reservoir was originally created as a drinking water source for the town back in the early 1960’s. Thanks in part to the town and volunteers a one and a half mile soft trail was created on the west side of the reservoir. The reservoir itself is now open to the public and can be accessed via a small concrete boat ramp adjacent to the parking, here you can launch your paddle or electric powered boats.

Smith Creek Greenway

Location: This trail extends from Burlington Mills Road south to the Neuse River Greenway, west of Caddell Woods and Moss Creek subdivisions. Greenway users have the opportunity to experience views of aquatic and wetland life along Smith Creek. This partially shaded trail offers a cool escape from the summer heat. From atop the 558-ft bridge, watch for boaters enjoying the Neuse River.

  • Trail Type: 10-feet wide paved asphalt trailLength: 1.15 miles with a 33 mile connection to the Neuse River Greenway Trail (one way)

    Parking: The trail access point is located between 2945 and 2949 Creek Moss Avenue. In addition, several other trail access points are located outside of Wake Forest at 6100 Thornton Road, Raleigh; 5956 Myakka Court, Raleigh; and 2928 Horseshoe Farm Road, Raleigh


    • Paved trail wide enough for people to bike, run, rollerblade or even walk the dog! Speaking of which, don’t forget to bring your four-legged furry friend out on the trail, he will love it as much as you do! Just be sure to pick up after him!


The Smith Creek Greenway offers approximately 1.15 miles of paved trails that offers plenty of shade in those hot summer months! The trail system connects to Creek Moss Avenue and The City of Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway.


Flaherty Park Trail

Location: Located within Flaherty Park, 1226 N. White St.

Trail Type: 10′ wide paved asphalt trail

Length: .25 mile

Parking: Parking is available within Flaherty Park


    • Picnic shelter – Grab your friends and family and head over to the picnic shelter for a summer afternoon lunch!
    • Tennis courts –  Be sure to bring your own racket and balls and spend hours playing!
    • Flaherty Park Community Center – Offers an arts & craft room where painting classes are taught often. A game room, meeting space with a small kitchen that can be rented out. And a regulation high school gymnasium, popular with those wanting to play basketball!
    • Outdoor ballfields – we love heading here with the kids when there are no games going on and letting them practice their skills or simply burn some energy while running the bases!
    • Dog Park – Our favorite dog park in the area! Large fenced in grassy area that allows your dog to run and mingle with other pups! Water is available and bags provided, please pick up after your pup!
    • Fishing – Another fun place to bring the kids – just make sure everyone has an up to date fishing license!


The greenway at J.B. Flaherty Park was created connecting the community center and tennis courts to the baseball fields and dog park.  The trail crosses over the dam of the park’s pond where often times you will see kids and gown ups alike fishing! Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy your day at the park!Wake Forest offers mainly other walking trails throughout and we encourage you to get out with you family, friends and pets to explore and enjoy!

Happy Walking!



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